I used to hate going to museums but I somehow enjoy it now, probably comes with the age. Lol. I was with my sister when we went to Philadelphia and she’s a bit of an art freak (she took art classes before and can identify the painter, the year and what kind of media was used just by looking at a painting) so a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art was a must! After seeing it myself, I do recommend it too as even I, who’s not an art freak like my sister, enjoyed the impressive art works from the Renaissance, American, Impressionist, Modern and much much more.
The building itself of the Philadelphia Museum of Art reminded me of the Parthenon in Athens. It stands majestically at the end of Benjamin Franklin Parkway which is very close to all the other tourist attractions that one must see while in Philly. As soon as we’ve located the museum’s very expensive paid parking lot (we didn’t have any choice at the time), we proceeded on our way into the museum and paid the USD20 fee per adult. The admission fee is valid for 2 consecutive days and gives you access to Philadelphia Museum of Art’s main building, Perelman Building, Rodin Museum, and historic houses Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove.
The building itself is massive with outstanding art collection from various periods of time. You can easily get lost if you don’t know your way specially since each section has a series of smaller rooms. It’s a bit hard to navigate your way around this maze and I was always quite worried that I’ve missed a room in a particular section so I was always backtracking.
My favorite of course was the Impressionist Art section – who won’t be left in awe by the works of Renoir and Monet? I was painting very amateurishly before I went to Philadelphia so I was quite impressed by Monet’s artwork specially when I studied its details. It’s all just dots and small lines and yet he was able to create such impressive masterpieces. I tried to recreate some of his artworks when I went back home and failed miserably. Lesson learned, I’m not a Monet in the making as what I believed I was.
We stayed for only an hour inside the museum because we had a lot to see and do in Philadelphia afterwards. I must admit that we didn’t even scratch the surface with the one hour that we stayed there. I think you can easily spend 2 hours in it if you want to briskly see all of the art pieces, probably 4 hours if you’re actually putting on your artsy mood.
One of the best things about Philadelphia Museum of Art is the view it offers from their main entrance which faces the Eakins Oval. We entered the museum’s backdoor entrance so when I got out of the building from their main entrance the stunning view of the city of Philadelphia swept me off my feet. It was majestic! It reminded me of Champs Elysees in Paris for some reason.
There were a lot of people recreating the Rocky run up the stairs of the museum. You do know who Rocky is right? I assume that whoever you are who’s reading this blog right now knows who Rocky is, if not – I kind of hate you because it goes to show how older I am to you. Anyway, if you don’t know who he is – please do yourself a favor and consult on Mrs. Google because I’m not going to write about why the steps in front of Philadelphia Museum of Art became a famous running vicinity of the city and why there is a statue of a boxing champ below these stairs.
Philadelphia Museum of Art was the first thing we visited in Philly and it definitely gave us a fantastic first impression of the city. After the museum, I couldn’t wait to start exploring the rest of this place.